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Tuesday Tips: Branding Yourself

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Tuesday Tips is part of a new program that we are super excited to be launching today: Smule Inspire. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

 “Oh hai 👋🏾
I think self branding on social media is more so being yourself to the point of familiarizing people with you. Knowing your specific audience, and acting accordingly (of course w/ out fully compromising your personality.) Developing a relationship w/ a group of strangers across a variety of platforms, based on consistency, humility, and personal aesthetic is very important. People come to expect certain things, which is okay, but just make sure you don’t force a brand that isn’t who you really are. It’s painfully obvious, 😅. I’m rambling, that’s all.” – xYego
“I would say absolutely the number one key is staying true to yourself. If you have a big personality really let that shine. People on social media really feel like they know you without actually knowing you, so if you keep changing your persona and not being true to yourself people may feel a disconnect from you. People want to feel like they’re your friend not like you’re a new person every time they meet you or hear you. And just be kind to people. That’s all you really need.”
Dearhead
“Being consistent is very important as well. All of us are uniquely different and if you want to be noticed in particular for what sets you apart make sure you are consistently offering songs you like to sing sung in the style you like to sing in. Don’t hesitate to show your personality or individual style in your videos. This makes you memorable. Make sure you’re creating more video and less audio open calls as well.” – Sarah_TV
“Branding and marketing are what I actually do for a profession. You can choose a persona for yourself if you want, like Lady Gaga, Sia, or Smule’s very own user @Chanticleer, but you have to be consistent. First decide, what do I want to accomplish, and then decide, is this going to happen best by me being myself or by me taking on a persona/character? Then, be consistent. Remember when Geico commercials first started using the Gecko? Really unimpressive at first, but through consistency and repetition, everyone knows that ’15 minutes could save you 15% or more on auto insurance.’ 😜” –Hoonhans_DavidK
“Just like they said, being yourself and consistent is the key, I know i’m not as good as singers as everyone else so being a musician/’that acoustic dude on Smule’ is how I differentiate myself on Smule, I also create my own logo, cover art & hashtag so people would always remember me 😂😂” – Weezerden
“What they said🙌” – LoLoSingss
If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!
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Tuesday Tips – How to sing powerfully without straining your voice

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Tuesday Tips is part of a new program that we are super excited to be launching today: Smule Inspire. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

“For me, it’s mostly diaphragmatic singing that helps me power out my vocals. And doing warm up exercises helps me avoid straining my voice.” – Aileen Adamos
“Def warm up. You don’t want to go right into singing a power ballad without doing at least a few vocal exercises so you’re not straining to hit that Mariah Carey note! Also, learning how to have proper breath control , pushing from your diaphragm, knowing when to stop pushing the air, etc.” – Drea Frederick
“Breath control! Place the back of your hand lightly on your throat while singing and work to release any tension you feel, which helps ease the strain. Move that energy into your diaphragm to generate the power and the range ” – Jeffrey Graham
“For me it’s 3 steps. Hydrating, warm-up and breath control. Also practice , your vocal chords have muscle memory therefore the more you practice the more your vocal chords get used to the moments you “power”. – Lo Asbre
“1. deep breath (into your belly, not breast)
2. good stand or sit with legs in a comfortable position.
3. Warm up your voice with some easy songs not too high or too low.
4. Then sing whatever you feel like, repeat as often you need until it sound like you want it 😁
5. Don’t force your voice into high or deep to get a soar throat. Stop before that happen 😁
6. Have fun to try & to teach yourself.
7. if you still don’t have an idea how to sing more powerfully, watch some teaching yourtube videos or take some singing lessons with a teacher.”  – Nadine Petitat
“I agree with all of the above, but, I believe that most important, is placement of the Larynx and singing with forward sound. When you want to belt, the sound must be placed at the front of your face. Almost like you want to whine it out but then make sure your soft pallatt is up so it doesn’t sound nasally.

Hopefully that makes a little sense… 😬😬😬” – Tamara Cox

“The death of my vocal chords. 💀💀💀💀💀💀” – Mike Scott
If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!
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Tuesday Tips – Basic Warm-up exercises

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Warm-ups before singing is just as important as singing! Our Smule Inspire member, Laura_TV has come up with solid exercises to warm up the voice!

Join her below and share your performances with us! :)

 

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Tuesday Tips – How to film better angles

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Tuesday Tips is part of a new program that we are super excited to be launching today: Smule Inspire. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

Many of us find amazing videos from the community where it’s clear they aren’t holding the phone in front of them. They are dancing, creating a full body shot, or have other ways of setting up the camera more than just holding it in front of the face. Our Smule Inspire team shares their insight on best ways to get create with camera angles without destroying audio quality!

The best part is – there is still more to explore. So if you have any innovative ways

“Selfiestick” – Nadine

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“If you’re using apple ear buds with the built in mic (or really any ear buds with the built in mic) you should not notice any difference in quality based on your proximity to your actual phone or tablet. The acoustics of the room you sing in, coupled with the FX you choose will have the greatest impact on overall sound quality. Try your car, try a room with hard floors, try a room with soft carpet, just experiment and see what gives you the best sound that you want.” Hoonhans_DavidK

“The most common example of this I can see is the partner artist recordings, they use headphones without a mic, stand away and still get a great sound. I think this scenario is what the question is referring to.” – JeffreyAKG_TV

I actually just bought a headphone jack extender at Radio shack… haven’t tried it yet, but they exist.” – tamara_hope

“Using headphones with a mic (versus using the mic on your device) is the first step to getting clear sound when moving or turning away from the camera.
Propping your phone up a bit higher than normal and angling it down at you will make more of your body fit in the frame. Headphone jack extenders are great as well but In my experience not all are created equal so read reviews to see if the sound quality will be good before purchasing.” –JDubDav

“I’m surprised no one’s mentioned this yet but the amount that you could fit into view on your videos differs if you’re using an iPhone vs an iPad. If you use an iPad you could fit more of your body into view because it’s a wider angle lens. If you’re using your iPhone you’re probably only going to get your head and shoulders. That’s just what I found.” – Dearhead

If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!

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Tuesday Tips: Expanding Vocal Range

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Tuesday Tips is part of our Smule Inspire program. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

“Vocal range can definitely be extended! It doesn’t happen overnight though, and requires practice and proper vocal care alongside proper technique. Sometimes simply a redistribution of breath will help increase range <- I guess that one COULD be overnight lol.” – JeffreyAKG_TV

“I don’t have any “professional” advice or exercises to offer. What I do know personally for myself is when I’m relaxed, I seem to deliver those higher notes much easier. Some of the best music I’ve ever heard have come from “backyard jam sessions.” It’s because everyone is relaxed, having a few beverages, and just enjoying the moment. So that’s what I suggest, relax yourself (physically and mentally), have a cold beverage near by to keep those vocal chords moist, and just let the good times roll. You’d be surprise by doing that alone how much your range can be extended. Cheers🍻” –IM_ALL_IN

“I guess I will pull in some anatomy. Your Larynx, which is where the vocal folds sit in your body, is full of muscles that help control the vocal folds. Like all other muscles in the body, you can works to stretch and gain flexibility. Like Jefferey said, it doesn’t happen overnight. If I wanted to get into the splits, I’d work everyday stretching to slowly get there. If you want to extend your range up, do vocal warm-ups that push you up in that range, stretching the muscles.

Here’s the kicker though! Your lower range doesn’t work that way. You can strengthen you lower range by relaxing and using proper technique, but it is almost impossible to extend your vocal range because that is based off of your genetics and age. The low range of your voice is all centered around the thickness of your vocal folds. The thicker they are, the lower you go. As you get older, they thicken… other outside factors contribute to them thickening as well (allergies, heartburn, smoking, etc.) – tamara_hope

“Yes Tamara!! Your voice is a muscle and If you do heathy consistent warm ups around the range area you would like to expand on it will eventually help your range. Healthy being the key word 😉” –Sarah_TV

If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!
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Tuesday Tips: Confidence Building

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Tuesday Tips: Confidence Building 

Tuesday Tips is part of our Smule Inspire program. Through shared performances, tips, guest blog posts by veteran users, we hope that Smule Inspire will do just as its name implies: inspire all users in the community – to connect, collaborate, and create music together … ultimately to have the best experience possible on Smule.

“Practice makes perfect and builds confidence. I used to be terrified of singing in front of people and nerves still get to me today sometimes. Going to karaoke bar really built my confidence up slowly. Sure my first 20 performances in front of people probably weren’t there best and I wasn’t pushing myself to showcase my singing to its best ability but I eventually got there. So keep at it. Try to impress yourself not others.” – Dearhead
“Smile while you sing :) use your hands to gesture, pull back your shoulders, focus on body language. This subconsciously improves your confidence. If your body is confident, your brain goes, “hey, we must be feeling confident”, and the cycle continues.” –JeffreyAKG_TV 
“If you’re really shy, start with audio only. Video adds another level of nerves for some people. But believe it or not, I was super nervous to sing on Smule when I started and nervous about video when it came out. I have fangs and I was worried what people would say….turns out this community is incredibly supportive. Surround yourself with people you feel are kind on the app, by joining them. Those people will tend to boost your confidence with their nice comments. 🙃” –Hoonhans_DavidK

“It’s been 20 years since I’m singing in front of people and still have moments of doubt! I guess what counts most is believing in the message of the song! Then try to sing as if you were talking, as if it was your own story! Of course, this is just a small part, but then having a good technique for that matters too, and that can only be gained through practice! Also, choosing a song that fits your mood, range and sing your heart out!” –LAURA_TV

“My mother told me once… Fake it till you make it😉. Do it and do it so often it becomes like second nature to you, you’ll realize over time confidence kicks in😊. Granted I’ve been singing in front of audiences since I was 9 and nerves still kick in but find something to do before singing.. Like, count down to 10 or simply breathe before. Lastly have fun! and sing a songs you love or like… that helps too!” –Lolosingss
“Even if you’re in a mood just own it. Especially if you’re singing on video lol. Most ppl are pretty good at reading body language so being yourself and letting lose tends to get positive responses.” – xGotti 
If you have a question you’d like to ask or even a topic you’d like to learn more about, please fill out the form on the Smule Inspire page!
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